Long time no write! I feel like I'm backtracking here, but I do want to get my journal up to speed with the rest of my life. So here goes.
I haven't been able to write much lately because I've been so busy getting ready for the holidays. The SDS toy drive went really well. A ton of kids brought in their old childhood toys and a bunch even went out and bought new ones, which was really sweet of them. On Thursday night, I went out with the NHS president, Alyssa Richards, the vice president, Aric, and the secretary, Matthew Davis. We all piled into Alyssa's SUV and drove to Toys'R'Us, where we used a portion of the NHS treasury money (carefully monitored by yours truly) to buy some more toys. Then, on Friday afternoon, I went with the NHS officers down to the shelter in Stamford to drop off the presents. There were so many gifts there that it really was amazing. I kind of felt like Santa. The staff was so incredibly grateful, and they couldn't stop thanking us. We didn't get to see them pass out the presents to the kids -- that'll be on Christmas day, of course -- but I kind of wished we had. I kind of want to go back on Christmas day. It seems like it would be nice.
Aric and I went out this past week. Shortly after I got home and opened up my letter, my cell phone rang. Aric had gotten a letter from Yale too, and he was opening it just as he dialed my number. I don't know how he did it -- I was dying on the inside , and it wasn't even my letter! Then he read the same words that I had read a few hours before, and he was so incredibly happy. I was so happy for him, too. Yale (and other schools) have been scouting him for tennis for awhile now, and he has an impeccable academic record and great extracurriculars, so I don't know why he was so nervous. College admissions are somewhat of a gamble, though, I must admit. I'm just so happy that both of us got in.
So on Tuesday night, Dad took me and him out to dinner at a steakhouse celebrate our Yale acceptances. We had a good dinner and a nice conversation. He really loves Aric just like a son, probably because our families have been so close for so long. It was kind of nice to have a good conversation that wasn't ruined by having Tiffany and Maria around (but namely Tiffany...oh hell, it's all Tiffany) and not have the usual tension between him and Mom either. Aric didn't seem to think it was odd that my Mom and my sisters didn't come with us. I'm grateful that he didn't say anything, but sometimes I wonder if he notices these things and just doesn't mention them for my benefit. After all, we should have a clear line of communication between the two of us. It's probably nothing, though. I think I'm just paranoid....
I better go. Titanic (my absolute favorite movie of all time) is on TV right now, and I'm already missing some of it! More later.